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Poetry Master Class: Writing Odes with Richie Hofmann via Zoom

January 23 @ 12:30 pm - 4:30 pm


This will be a generative one-day workshop on the writing of odes: poems that praise, extol, elevate. We’ll begin by discussing several historical odes from the rich tradition, as well as contemporary experiments in the mode by such authors as Seamus Heaney and Kevin Young. In addition to thinking deeply about craft (with a special attention to line and stanza), we’ll also explore issues of publicity and privacy, lyric address, and irony and tone. How can we use this old (ancient!), well-trodden poetic mode to bring new freshness, new attention, new expressive force to the poems we write today? We’ll work to generate our own odes and have an opportunity to share and get feedback, as well.

NB: This is a one-day generative writing workshop taught on Zoom and capped at 15 students.

Please make sure to read our course policies page regarding workshop conduct and logistics before registering for any class at HVWC.

Scholarship information will be available for this class in November.

Richie Hofmann’s new book of poems, A Hundred Lovers, is forthcoming from Knopf in February 2022. He is the author of Second Empire (2015), and his poetry appears recently in The New Yorker, The New York Review of Books, and The Yale Review. A former Stegner Fellow, he teaches at Stanford University.


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January 23
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm
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Hudson Valley Writers Center
Philipse Manor Station
Sleepy Hollow, NY 10591 United States